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Shokz OpenSwim Pro teased as watersports-ready Bluetooth earphones

The OpenSwim Pro. (Source: Shokz)
The OpenSwim Pro. (Source: Shokz)
Some wireless earphones are marketed as capable of withstanding sweat and splashes, yet none are overtly backed as worthy of keeping on in the swimming pool. The Shokz OpenSwim Pro, on the other hand, are touted to launch with the same official ingress-protection as smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra for potentially increased peace of mind when these open-ear buds are exposed to liquid.

Audio peripherals of the open-ear variety are increasingly prominent as a way of consuming music in relative comfort while working out; now, Shokz purports to make them ideal even for swimming as well.

A prominent name in the bone-conduction tech space, Shokz is currently teasing its latest gadgets as an upgrade over the existing OpenSwim headset, which has the same basic form-factor but can in fact only play MP3s from its ~4GB of on-board storage without the ability to stream audio from any other source.

Their upcoming Pro counterparts, on the other hand, have the same ability but are also wireless earphones with Bluetooth 5.3 support. Nevertheless, they will retain the same open-ear design connected by a flexible head-band "that effortlessly accommodates sports gear like swim goggles and swim caps".

Most importantly, they have been graced with an IP68 certification and are thus rated to be "submerged in water" of up to 2 meters (m) in depth for up to 2 hours at a time. Nevertheless, they are still also backed to deliver loud, clear, rich audio thanks to Shokz' PremiumPitch 2.0 Plus sound quality tech, for an estimated 9 hours per charge.

The OpenSwim Pros have been showcased in gray or orange colorway options thus far, although Shokz has yet to reveal pricing or availability for the new "water-to-land" accessories. In the meantime, their vanilla counterparts go for $149.95 in blue or black on Amazon.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-01-20 (Update: 2024-01-20)